On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, the City of Cleveland and ArcelorMittal Cleveland held a gun melt to recycle more than 270 guns that were surrendered at the 2014 City of Cleveland Gun Buy-Back last September.
“This gun melt will take guns surrendered by their owners, recycle them into steel, and prevent them from ever being used in an act of violence,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “I’d like to thank ArcelorMittal for being a good partner in the City’s efforts to improve safety and reduce gun violence.”
“ArcelorMittal is proud to partner with the City, Cleveland Police Foundation and others to make our neighborhoods safer. Our support of the gun buyback program is a natural extension of our commitment to safety, both in our facility and our community.
We are pleased to melt down the collected weapons and recycle them into consumer goods that improve the quality of all our lives. The guns we melt will be transformed from weapons into washing machines, car parts, refrigerators and other steel products,” said Eric Hauge, Vice President & General Manager, ArcelorMittal Cleveland.
Following a media briefing, the guns were placed into the No. 1 Basic Oxygen Furnace iron ladle and will be melted by approximately 200 tons of molten iron, at temperatures of about 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit. The molten iron, along with scrap, is then charged in the basic oxygen furnace to make steel, which will eventually be used to manufacture cars, household appliances, and other goods.
ArcelorMittal Cleveland and its predecessor companies have worked with the City of Cleveland and other surrounding communities and agencies to destroy guns as a free community service.